Johannesburg – There are tons of accessible vitamins and fruits right in your kitchen so you don’t have to look for supplements.

I can’t afford immune boosters and decided to ask local celebrity chef Marcus what ingredients I could use at home to boost my immune system during this endless Covid-19 pandemic.

He was good natured and helpful, and made it clear to me that there are tons of accessible vitamins and fruits in your kitchen so you don’t have to go shopping for supplements and waste money.

• ginger


That made me happy because I have ginger in my fridge. Chef says he puts ginger in hot water when he feels fluent.

“Not only is it great for relieving a sore throat, it’s also full of vitamin B6 and helps build a strong immune system.”

• Baby spinach

Baby spinach

I grow it at home and am happy that it can be cooked or eaten raw.

“It’s full of vitamins A, C, and E, which you need to keep your system toned, and a great addition to salads,” adds the chef, as I pissed off because I hate spinach. Now I have to love it because it is accessible and good for me.

• Red pepper

Redbell Peppers Red peppers are a source of vitamins A and C. They are best enjoyed raw.

• watermelon


Watermelon is great on its own or in a fruit salad. Not only is it refreshing and affordable, but it’s also a great source of potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C.

• garlic


I have loads of garlic so I was glad the cook mentioned it. He says that he makes sure to add fresh garlic to all of his dishes because he knows it is perfect for curing most infections.

• sweet potato

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potato is another one he recommends as you can either cook or fry it – this is for those who can’t or won’t cook. The vegetables also have a good amount of potassium, vitamins A, B5, B6, C, and E while being readily available from your local grocer.

• citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

These are packed with vitamin C, which plays an important role in building a strong immune system. So have you an orange or three.


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Pen Roberts